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Plan Your Finances Like a Game of Chess and Win the Retirement Game

Plan Your Finances Like a Game of Chess and Win the Retirement Game

Some people are planners and some aren’t.

Which are you?

Chess players are counted among the world’s greatest planners as they not only have to think many moves ahead, but have to come up with alternative plans if their opponent doesn’t move as anticipated.

This advance planning is similar to the strategic thinking needed in order to stay ahead when the financial markets don’t behave the way you hope they would.

Even if you’re not a chess player, chess can teach valuable financial lessons and help you become the grandmaster of your money…

4 Common Mistakes That Investors Make

4 Common Mistakes That Investors Make

Investing is not a science: it is not possible to put your portfolio on autopilot and just watch your money grow, Grow, GROW.

There is no one fixed, guaranteed path that leads to investment success.

However, there are certain paths that will lead to guaranteed failure.

Before you know what to do, you must first know what NOT to do.

I’m going to go over 4 common mistakes the investors make…

5 Ways to Lower Student Loan Payments

5 Ways to Lower Student Loan Payments

Are your student loan payments too much to handle?

Don’t worry, because you’re not alone.

As of December 2012, only 54% (20 million) student loan borrowers, out of 37 million were actively repaying their student loans.

If you’re overwhelmed by your student loans and need to lower your monthly payments, here are 5 student loan repayment programs that can help:

How to Get a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

How to Get a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

There’s no debating the fact that being self-employed offers quite a few benefits you just don’t get with a conventional job.

You don’t have that pesky boss looking over your shoulder all the time, you get to make your own decisions about the direction of the business, and if you work from home you don’t even have a commute.

Of course, there are always negatives to balance things out, and with self-employment getting a mortgage is often one of them.

However, just because you’re self-employed doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to get a mortgage.

It just means the rules are a little different…

Doing Your Debt Homework: 3 Strategies to Plan Ahead for Student Debt

Doing Your Debt Homework: 3 Strategies to Plan Ahead for Student Debt

As of 2012, the average amount of student debt accrued by graduating students reached nearly thirty-thousand dollars.

For these graduating students, debt is a fact of life that they’ll be dealing with for around a decade after leaving their old alma mater.

Student debt can be prohibitive for many students, and the snowballing interest of forbearance makes it a highly unappealing option.

However, there are ways to brace yourself, or avoid payment entirely, by planning ahead when it comes to how to manage student debt before it becomes a problem.

Here are three strategies to consider when a future of student loan payments is just around the corner…

How to Set Up Your Own Home Inspection Business

How to Set Up Your Own Home Inspection Business

The Real Estate sector may have suffered greatly due to recession.

But that’s all in the past.

Now that the economy is stable, many are now looking forward to investing in a new home.

This is why now is the time to consider working for the real estate and construction industry.

Not an engineer or architect? No worries!

You can still make money in this market by setting up your home inspection business. Want to know how to do this? Read the steps below…

How to Make a Budget With Your Spouse

How to Make a Budget With Your Spouse

“Hey honey, I want a motorcycle.”

“But I want a kitchen remodel.”

“Umm, but I want a motorcycle.”

SWEETIE. WE CAN’T DO BOTH

He wants the motorcycle. She wants the kitchen remodel. How to decide?

When you and your spouse talk about money, there’s potential for arguments disagreements, value clashes, and colorful conversation (to put it lightly).

This step-by-step guide will help you two figure out how to make a budget work for your life together.

How I Successfully Juggled Full-Time Work and Grad School

How I Successfully Juggled Full-Time Work and Grad School

Higher education is a goal for many, but not everyone can afford to cut back on work hours to make it happen.

Even the hefty price tag of a degree these days is enough to deter people from chasing after their dreams.

I was an average 20-something year old who desperately wanted a graduate degree, but faced the same challenges with finding the time and finances to make it happen.

Here is how I successfully juggled working a demanding full-time job while completing a full-time MBA program in exactly two years…

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